The Canadian Bible Society's (CBS) Bike for Bibles rides are taking place in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, PEI and Ontario this summer. All across the country, cyclists are receiving colourful Bike for Bibles jerseys and they are busy finalizing their sponsorships for this exciting fundraising event.
Bike for Bibles originated in 1984 in Australia with three cyclists, and it now takes place in many countries. Funds to provide Bibles for those without the Word of God are raised through the sponsorship of cyclists.
The 2009 Bike for Bibles rides are in support of the distribution of Scripture resources at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. In partnership with More Than Gold, a non-profit organization that coordinates the volunteer efforts of the Christian community for major sporting events worldwide, CBS will be distributing New Testaments, the Gospel of Mark, and the Book of Hope youth magazine to thousands of people at the games.
The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is supporting Edmonton's Dry Grad party by providing the Book of Hope youth booklet. After seeing a need in the community, Edmonton is stepping up to the plate - giving teens an alternative grad party that is free of drugs and alcohol. Edmonton's Dry Grad Party is one of several initiatives taking place around the country where teens can come, relax, and have fun in surroundings that show them that they don't need alcohol in order to have a good time.
The Canadian Bible Society sees this event as a major opportunity to share hope with a generation that longs for it. CBS will be distributing more than 1,600 Book of Hope youth booklets to the students. Marvin Busenius, North Alberta's CBS District Director states, "CBS is thrilled to be able to provide the Book of Hope youth magazines for students attending this dry graduation party, which is a great idea. Youth are the future of our country. As we recognize their potential, we want them to become engaged with the life changing truth and hope found in God's Word."
When a group of churches gathers to read the full text of the Bible aloud and in public - from beginning to end - with no doctrinal note or commentary, it is a very powerful thing. In over a 100 Canadian cities each year, a growing number of churches have discovered the Canadian Bible Society event called Proclamation.
The full text of the Bible will be read aloud, over the first two weeks of May, in the cities of Hamilton and Brantford, Ontario. The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) branches in these cities, have been presenting Proclamation locally for approximately 10 years. In Hamilton, Rev. Scott McNaughton of St. Stevens on the Mount, Anglican Church told the Mountain News that, "It's open for all Christians and non-Christians to hear and take what they want from it, or what they need from it. Sometimes the people listening to the readers are so moved that they ask for an opportunity to read as well."
The Canadian Bible Society would like to recognize the accomplishment of the Rev. Dr. Stan Cuthand upon his acceptance of the Lifetime Achievement Award, received on March 6, 2009 in Winnipeg, Manitoba where the Aboriginal community recognized 14 exceptional achievers at the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.
"As Cuthand, whose proudest achievement is translating the Bible into Plains Cree, accepted his award, he was met with an exuberant standing ovation." This quote, from the Winnipeg Free Press, (March 11, 2009) profiles why the Canadian Bible Society is so proud of its long association with this giant in the Cree community. It would be fair to say that the Rev. Dr. Stan Cuthand is a legend in his time.
A new Bible which connects Scriptures with some of the biggest issues of our day has been launched in Canada by the Canadian Bible Society (CBS).
The Poverty & Justice Bible is the first ever to highlight more than 2,000 passages that speak of attitudes toward poverty and injustice. Challenging the notion that the Bible is a dusty, outdated rulebook, it shows that - on global issues that confront us now - the Bible got there first.
Bible Societies around the world realize that poverty and injustice are two of the biggest issues of our day - challenging the minds of politicians and social activists around the world. The imbalance of global wealth, famine, water shortages, exploitation and corruption are all issues that evoke outrage and demand attention. But The Poverty & Justice Bible shows that, in speaking out on these issues, God got there first.
Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador - Last week the Inuttut Heritage Bible was presented to the Moravian Church in Labrador. This new edition of the Bible in the Inuit language has been made available, more than 200 years after the translation was first begun.
The Moravians began their work in Labrador in 1771. Among the tasks undertaken by the early missionaries was the translation of portions of the Bible into the native language. It was a slow process, beginning with collections of verses, and then the Gospel of John, followed by Luke. Fifty years after the establishment of the settlement, in 1821, the British and Foreign Bible Society published the entire New Testament. From there followed a gradual translation and publication of the books of the Old Testament. In the end there were 7 separate volumes, but never a complete text under one cover.
The New Testament was reissued in 1952, but because of errors and different word usage from the vocabulary of two centuries ago, new work was needed to make a complete collection.